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15th October 2005

jenish3:46pm: Four books I have read in the last day or two, spoilers for all
cross-posted to book_mouse and booksomg

Author: Craig Charles
Title: No Other Blue
Genre: Poetry

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Author: Michael Morpurgo
Title: Private Peaceful
Genre: Young Adults' Fiction

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Author: Kate Cann
Title: Footloose
Genre: Teen Fiction

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Author: Neil Gaiman
Title: Coraline
Genre: Children's Fantasy

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Current Mood: happy

12th September 2005

magikalcrab9:48pm: *pokes community with a stick*

So much for active, eh?

Ok, fine, it's my own fault, I hardly post, do I?

Anyway, speaking of posting! Here ya go ...

Title: Ticket to Ride
Author: Sarah Darmody
Genre: humour/travel/memoir
Wot happens: This is a humourous look at what happens to an Australian-American. That is, Sarah is an Australian. She applies for the DV-Lottery (the Diversiry Visa Lottery, basically you get a free Green Card) and is faced with actually living in the US when she wins. So, after 6 months working on a tiny island next to Florida where the median age is 60, she decides to actually travel and see this country that she's "won" to see if she can, actually, live there. This book is seriously hilarious, if only for some of the great cultural references and jokes - mainly on the difference between the American Way and the way us Aussies do things. I'm only 2/3 of the way through, and I've already given it 4 stars out of a possible 5.

Seriously guys, if you can get your grubby hands on a copy of this book, do so, it's worth the effort, I promise!!

22nd August 2005

mydorkside6:10pm: Hi, I'm dropping a quick line to say you all should read The Adventures of Miles and Isabel (or Miles McGuity, there seems to be two possible English titles) by Tom Gilling. It's a short read to soothe you before sleep or take you away during lunch hour.

It's simply lovely. Charming and silly. Poetic without being heavy in any way. The characters are brought to life, they're original without being simplistic caricatures. It's a tale of pursued dreams and quiet elation.

I wish I could give you a quote, but I read the French translation myself (which is fantastic - Miles et Isabel ou la belle envolée) and I'm pressed for time so I can't search for an English quote right now.

5th June 2005


Addy didn't want to say it was because Jonas was fat.  "He was different, I suppose, and sometimes children feel a little confused by someone different. Like maybe if they're different from you, they must not be right, because what does that make you, if different is right. You understand?"


Sharla nodded, but didn't. "You laugh at him?"


"At Jonas? Oh, yes.  Children laughed at him and teased him and guess it made us all feel better.  Long as we were laughing at Jonas no one was laughing at us."


Rush Home Road, Lori Lansens


Another Canadian read that I really liked.  I read it about a year ago, around this time I think, for book club.  It takes place in southwestern Ontario, about two hours from where I grew up*, in an all-black town first settled by fugitive slaves.  It's about a woman who unwillingly, at first, adopts a small girl who has been abandoned.  I love the bond that grows between these two – and I love Adelaide's back story and how it unfolds over the course of the story.  


*a prize to anyone who reads this books and spots the reference to my home town.


"The father sits in his study, ice melting into a tumbler of Glenlivet sitting by his hand.  His shades are drawn too, the dying light of this summer night barred, but through the open windows he can hear the neighborhood kids in a game down the street.  Is it freeze tag or capture the flag? Or some other game, some new game that they have now, a game he never knew?  And into these thoughts breaks the thought, My daughter is nuts.  Then quickly, Is this my fault?"


Snapshots, William Norris.


I love this book for a million reasons.  I love the style of his writing, I love that he tells the story of a family and works it backwards in time over a period of twenty-five years.  It's a really great read, and sort of perfect for summer.  It really does feel like you're flipping through a photo album looking at snapshots - and for some reason, it just feels like it works for me.





"I dream of her black teeth smiling.  Of her laugh full of phlegm and her hand reaching out to get me.  Cars and people rush by, but unseen she pulls me into her phone booth house and I am searching for you through the dirty glass.  All I can see is white snow falling so fast, so thick, that everything turns invisible.  The people and the cars and the buildings, sky-high.  The deluge of shapes and colours becomes a monochrome wash of white.  The lady is laughing in my ears and I push against the doors but she grabs my hair and pulls me back.  I stomp on her foot with my boot and push again at the doors, and just as she howls I fly through and land in a snow-dome world.  The flakes fall without a sound.  Oh, it is so quiet. No one is anywhere here."


The Perpetual Ending, Kirsten den Hartog


This is a great read.  It's offbeat in places, and then just wrenching in others.  I love the voice that den Hartog creates for her characters, how each of them are flawed.  This book is told from the vantage point of an identical twin who loses her sister, and how they cope with their parents splitting up, and their mother leaving because she feels stifled.

25th May 2005

txvoodoo11:54am: *waves*
You are all people whose opinions and intellects I trust and respect, so I am THRILLED about this community.

Now, I've got a bunch of books that I'll write up shortly - a pile that I accumulated pre-op.

My tastes:

  • Sci-fi - hard and lighter

  • Fantasy - both Sword and Sourcerous epics and more off the beaten track.

  • Chick Lit - when it's well-written, funny, yadda yadda

  • Historical biography with a strange obsession on Tudor England

20th May 2005

magikalcrab9:49pm: Um ... welcome welcome.

To the whole 5 members, I guess. Geeze, I always thought that the internet was rife with nerds who do nothing but read?

Um, anyway. So, since there are basically no rules here, the general guideline is tell us all about awesome books that you've read, or something. Since that is the point, no? Good.

Ok, so, in the spirit of getting things started, the two best books I've read in a LONG time if not ever:

Title: Tomorrow, When the War Began
Authour: John Marsden
Genre: war/action
Wot happens: the first in a 7 part series. Narrated from the point of the heroine, Ellie. She and her friends go camping in the Australian bush. While they're down there, Australia is invaded. And chaos reigns. Sadly, I first read this back in 1997 and I wanted to sleep with a loaded gun under my pillow for 3 years. Simply because it hits a little TOO close to home. Seriously, though, if there is one Australian author who needs to be read no matter what, it's John Marsden. Ignore the fact that they're aimed at "young adults" because the subject matter really crosses over to almost everyone.
Other books: the rest of the Tomorrow series (The Dead of the Night, The Third Day - The Frost, Darkness Be My Friend, Burning for Revenge, The Night is for Hunting and The Other Side of Dawn), Dear Miffy, Checkers (omg *sniff-tear*) and Letters from the Inside.

Title: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
Authour: Gregory Maguire
Genre: Fairy tale / fantasy
Wot happens: Basically, it's a retelling of the fairy tale of Cinderella. Cept with a twist. It's set in Holland in the 17th century. Our Ugly Stepsisters are actually a slightly mentally retarted, big boned girl named Ruth, and her younger, plan-but-smart sister who goes by Iris. Cinderella also answers to Clara. It's got the very bare bones of the Cinderella fairy tale, but it's also got a LOT going for it as an individual novel - Like all of Maguire's novels that I've read, it takes a while to really get into, but once you do, you really, really can't put it down. Normally I'll read a novel on and off for about a week, just because I got bored, this one I quite literally didn't put down unless I absolutely had to. So, yeah, brilliant book.
Other books: Wicked: the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Mirror Mirror.
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